For those of you who are new around here, TeaChats are a monthly post that I do in which I pretend that you and I are going out and grabbing a cup of tea (or coffee or wine) and we’re chatting about what we’ve been up to lately.
Does anyone else have this wash of sadness hit them every so often after Christmas?
There is so much build-up to the holiday and then it feels like it is over in a flash and no matter how much I try to live in the moment, I always feel like it wasn’t nearly long enough. I didn’t even take a single picture or video this year because I wanted so badly to focus on the girls.
Especially now that my girls are the absolute perfect age to feel the Christmas magic (6yo & 4yo), I feel particularly sad now that Christmas is over.
The girls woke us up at 4am and I was just as excited as they were that I had no problem popping out of bed and watching them open their gifts. Their joy and excitement was worth the lost hours of sleep.
It’s back to the grind tomorrow and I’m searching desperately for the rewind button.
Anyway… onward to the usual TeaChat updates:
At Present I Am…
I have Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1) by Melina Marchetta sitting next to me, but have yet to start it just yet because I JUST finished Up in the Treehouse by KK Allen.
Meltotheany started a BookTube channel and I already know I’m going to be obsessed! She’s such a kind, genuine, beautiful soul and it has always come through her posts, but she somehow manages to be even lovelier on video.
Also – she’s half Filipino, like me, so… extra points.
Baked chicken and brussel sprouts.
Ok. Hear me out.
This isn’t as boring as it sounds and I wish I had a picture, but I keep forgetting to take one.
My sister shared a recipe with me for making the most delicious, moist, healthy baked chicken ever and I’ve been making it at least twice a week.
The best part is that the girls love it, too! THIS NEVER HAPPENS.
Anyway, I am the #1 worst person at writing recipes because I measure nothing and this recipe is extremely versatile.
Essentially, you take your chicken breasts and soak them in salted water for the length of time you are chopping your veggies for your sides and prepping anything else.
Then you tenderize them (put them in a ziplock bag and beat the sh*t out of them), then place them on a pan with enough chicken stock and lemon juice to just barely come up the sides of the chicken breasts.
Next, you season them with … well… a ridiculous amount of basically everything. (Cut back on the salt to make it healthier.)
I like to add lemon pepper, poultry seasoning, any fun mixed seasonings I have (like Cajun and roasted garlic seasoning), garlic powder, onion powder, a little bit of parmesan cheese, turmeric, chili powder… it sounds crazy, but I promise it’s delightful.
I cook it in the oven at 350 for 40ish minutes depending on the size and voila! You have the most tender, flavorful, healthy chicken!
As for the brussel sprouts, I just trim off the stem, cut them in quarters, toss with salt, pepper, garlic powder, chopped onion, and olive oil and bake them for as long as I bake the chicken and they’re tender, yet crispy and yummy!
Thank U, Next by Ariana Grande.
I’m so basic, but I freaking love this song. I love the message and I think it works for any relationship, not just romantic.
I’ve had many friends come and go throughout the years and instead of holding grudges if those relationships fizzle out or change, I try thank those people for the memories and move the eff on.
There are SO MANY absolutely amazing and interesting people in the world, there is no reason to waste your time chasing after relationships you’ve outgrown or people who don’t inspire you in some way.
I know, it’s kind of random, but I’ve loved makeup since my big sister showed me what eyeshadow was and recently I’ve been super into wearing bold(er) lip colors than I usually do.
I think maybe it’s just those winter vibes, but I went a little bit crazy during ColourPop’s big sale and bought waaaaaay too many of the Lux and Ultra Blotted lipsticks.
Also, side note, the other day after I was getting ready, The Hubs walked into the room and said, completely out of the blue, “I love that you do all this [my hair and makeup] for your own enjoyment and not for me or anyone else.”
He can be kind of amazing. He tells me I’m beautiful when I definitely look like Gollum and then when I take 2 hours to get ready, he says that.
I think I’ll keep him.
I’m back at work (boo) and my weekends are filling up fairly quickly. I have my great nephew’s 1st birthday party this weekend, my dad’s birthday, and book club.